Mauricio Pochettino's lack of faith in Roberto Soldado was summed up after the Spanish striker failed to get on the pitch against Manchester United yesterday.
Soldado had to watch the entirety of Tottenham Hotspur's 0-0 draw against the Red Devils from the substitutes' bench and it was surely a sign that his time at White Hart Lane is up.
With Spurs needing a goal, if Pochettino had any faith in the £26 million man he would have brought him into the action, but the Argentine manager clearly felt that he had more chance of scoring with the personnel he already had on the pitch.
The experienced Spaniard has been marginally improved under Pochettino's guidance, but he is still not scoring with the regularity that Spurs had hoped when they brought him in 2013.
Soldado has netted four times in 21 games this season, but the form of Harry Kane has meant that he has been consigned to a back-up role.
It seems that he is slipping further away from the starting line-up rather than edging closer to it and Pochettino's faith in the 29-year-old is starting to run out.
A run at a tiring United defence at the weekend could have been ideal for Soldado, but his failure to get on the pitch suggests that a January move is likely.
Rumours have linked Soldado with a move back to La Liga, whilst Inter Milan are also said to be interested.